Grateful Dead Live at Carousel Ballroom on 1968-02-14
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- Grateful Dead
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This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"
Midnight Hour patched with: FM>Reel>Reel>DAT>CDR
There is a cut in the Jam on all circulating copies.
Thanks to AJL & Tony C (Ttazzz@aol.com) for the Seed Disks
Eac/Shn by Seth Kaplan from Tony C's audio.
- 2004-06-23 13:01:00
- SBD > MR > DAT > CD > EAC > SHN
- San Francisco, CA
- This show has been commercially released as "Road Trips Vol 2.2"
- Transferred by
- AJL, Tony C., and Seth Kaplan
- Carousel Ballroom
Subject: excellent show
Subject: This is just sick.
Subject: Great recording
First show after Cassady's death, as mentioned below. Typical 60's setlist which can get boring if they are not jamming hard. Short Dark Star(this is only like maybe the tenth time they played it?), really good School Girl, middle of the road China Cat, love the guitar interplay of Jerry/Bob on The Eleven but not the most intense version of this song.
They are playing and singing really well tonight, Lovelight is on the shorter end but still kicks ass and I think I prefer it this way.
Second set has Neal Cassady vibes all over it, very cool! A really meaningful Other One, never my favorite song but you have to love it here.
I have to give it a 4 because they do not go really far out on this night but they are playing and sounding so well it's a good show to introduce people to the 60's acid dead and a good eulogy for Neal Cassady/Dean Moriarty/Cody Pomera.
"Cowboy Neal at the wheel on the bus to never ever land"
And after really thinking about the historic significance of this I am going to give it a 5.
Subject: Jerry,s voice
Subject: Who is singing China Cat?
Subject: Burn Down The Fillmore, Gas the Avalon!
The entire 2nd set is wild!
Best Cryptical of all time, and Bobby's improvised Alligator lyrics!
Subject: Amazing fire
Subject: "get up and dance we want to ruin yea"......BOBBY STATES
Subject: There was greater significance to this show than meets the ear...
Subject: how do you listen to this show?
by the way, i was at this show. i remember it. vaguely anyway. i remember staring up at jerry as he played his guitar and thinking wow fucking cool man and he staring down at the crowd with that jerry look he sometimes had almost as if to say where the fuck am i at today anybody know
country joe was cool too back then he was just as popular if not more so than the dead because of grace janis sweet martha feel like i'm fixing to die and more.
hopefully somebody can tell me how to access this show. no rating until then, although if i go by back then it's a high five.
Subject: Road Trips 2/2
I have kind of a love/hate relationship with the RT releases; this is one of the great ones. Amazing how much difference a patch of a simple few seconds can make.
By the way this includes the entire 4 night Fillmore West run that sold out in 2005 so this is your chance to hear it again.
This show is a classic. I've already reviewed it.
Subject: China Cat Spectacular
Subject: spanish JAM...
Subject: still available
Come on people... don't complain about commercial releases. It costs a very small amount of money to purchase this set now, considering how much joy it will bring you in the years to come. Every once in a while the Dead release a new set and it's taken down, and well it should be - we should all be more than willing to pony up some cash to listen to these shows, especially since when they are released, they come back remastered, with beautiful packaging and great liner notes (usually). You still have plenty of incredible shows to choose from on this site.
Subject: Another One Bites The Dust
Subject: Live Anthem of the Sun: Dick’s Picks worthy--6 stars!
The second set is the Anthem of the Sun live: the complete album with the order of the songs as on the album. In fact, much of this show was used on Anthem of the Sun. Plus, a Spanish Jam thrown in for good measure.
If it were just the second set, this would be a great show. But the first set is also great. It starts with typically Morning Dew of the period, with Pigpen’s keyboard supplying the groundwork for the Jerry-Phil-Bob jam. Dark Star, still less than two months old at this point, and still a short, but it’s tight. DS goes into China Cat (they hadn’t written St. Stephan yet for between Dark Star and the Eleven. This is pretty rare, as the played China Cat in this sequence only for a few months before dropping it for St. Stephen. I love the sound of this China Cat, fast and raw and together, with Jerry really in the zone. It then takes off into the Eleven. Driving with energy, Pigpen’s organ pushes the Eleven along. It’s also clean and tight with great vocals. The Eleven resolves neatly into Turn on Your Lovelight, continuing the force of the set. This is only the second time they played Lovelight, but it’s a dandy.
Jerry dedicates the second set to the memory of Neal Cassady (“Cowboy Neal”), who had died the previous week. A fitting dedication. Then comes a nearly perfect Anthem of the Sun set, and it’s easy to see why they used it on the album. Cryptical>Other One is pure dynamite, and crips and clean and tight, the way performances of Passenger from 1977 are tight—everything is in the right place.
One thing great about this show is that the transitions are smooth and flawless, including the one into New Potato. This features some artful improvising by Phil after the vocals. Jerry lets Phil go at it alone and then comes in with some rhythm guitar licks, slowly building in intensity. It’s masterful. The rarely performed Born Cross-Eyed is a natural capper, but the action doesn’t end here. After all this energy, the Dead go into a spacy, long Spanish Jam that ebbs and flows, and evolves in mood.
Pigpen’s vocal isn’t loud enough in Alligator, but the Alligator jam is fabulous. Following Jerry in this jam is like following Coltrane. Things then speed up for Caution, and the Dead go off into another zone altogether. Caution and feedback are inspired, building to controlled chaos before receding into nothingness.
There are a few different versions of this show here at archive. This best has a patch of the cut in the Alligator jam, found here:
Subject: human ball in !
Subject: you cant ask for more
its the dead at there Bestt
a must have
Subject: High energy
Subject: Fantastic Show
The second set has them opening with Cryptical Envelopement, The Other One and Cryptical Envelopement dedicating their set to the memory of San Francisco beatnik legend Neil Cassidy who was the hero of Jack Kerouac's On The Road. New Potato Caboose is played with such fervor that I've never heard by Jerry. This is Garcia's best performance on the song. For Phil listen to the one from Two From The Vault. Bobby shines on Grateful Dead Download Series, Vol. 6. Pig shines on Dick's Picks, Vol. 22. For Billy and Mickey listen to the 1/22/68 show from Eagle's Auditorium. Born Cross-Eyed has a long space feedback jam lasting about four minutes before going deeper and deeper into Spanish Jam. This is most "Spanish" jam I have ever heard. We then close with one of the greatest sequences of Alligator, Caution and Feedback ever performed. Alligator starts off with the band tuning and making jokes. My favorite: Bobby saying "In 1941 the Japanese invaded the Solomon Islands." The song starts up and after the versus we are taken into a trance with an early rhythm devil solo. We then take off into nowhere with a magical, everlasting jam which slows down into a hypnotic Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks) which only furthers itself into a monster of a Feedback. The band performs In The Midnight Hour as an encore. All in all, a fantastic show that you might regret you didn't download sooner before they took everything down.
Subject: "Burn down the Fillmore & gas the Avalon"
My 3 Star rating is because the sound of the GD at this point wasn't as "grand" as it became just a year later. Maybe it has to do with the recording itself & not their "sound"--who knows. And, I think there are better performances in '68. Not to take anything away from this one, but...
Subject: phil lesh's favorite show
Subject: Jerry Said
And Jerry said "When it leaves our instraments, it's of no use to us".
Actually, Jerry said that, I believe Bobby said, "Let them eat cake..."
Subject: sanctimonious crap
when you stream these songs and that gray bar goes all the way across, you've already got the show in your temporary internet files. you can transfer these files into a my music file and there you have it. you didn't do anything wrong or evil by simply transferring files you already have to another folder. and to compare this file transfer to gate crashing.... Pleeeaase, spare me your sanctimonious bullshit. Bobby said it best "they can do whatever they want with these shows when we're done with it".
don't need to buy fancy software or equipment or sacrifice the integrity of the recording. there's a much easier way.
It was from 1/14/1967, the "official" start of "The Summer of Love" (you know, nothing back then was really *official"...), The Great Human Be-In afternoon gig at Golden Gate Park in SF. Still really great, and the song they opened with.
And Jim F on 6/27/2004 mentioned the "Mountain Jam" riff. I'm not exactly sure when the Allmans started doing Mountain Jam, but they were adapting Donovan (Leitch)'s "First There Is a Mountain". So did the Dead. It took me about 20 years to realize that!! So Donovan was first, in like 1967, then the Dead, then Allmans. Who knows who else borrowed this sweet riff.
About this show: One of the best shows ever. I remember reading one of the Dead books (Playing in the Band?, or one of the other ones) that the band on that Valentine's Day were in a contentious mood, and Jerry was really pissed off at the set they were playing. Later, in retrospect, he admitted it was one of their best fuckin shows ever. Serious. Jerry fessed up.
I did acid out in nature once to this tape. One of their best.
Subject: Imagine This ... And Sorry About The Rant
Subject: come on guys
-felow dead head
Subject: Great Show
My girlfriend at the time had access to free tickets via her dad and we went.
Well..even if I wasn't there..what a great show.
stream this one and enjoy....
such a beautiful show...
'68 dead is just amazing...
sorry for the duplicate post, damn dialup...
Subject: be glad you have this to enjoy...
There are many shows i'll not have the chance to experience fully now bc i "wasn't quick enough" to get it i guess. This is bullshit in my opinion. Quit destroying this site. If you want all the great dead shows to be streaming only then why don't we just turn Archive into sugarmegs? Bullshit.
Subject: an interesting idea....
I downloaded this a while ago when it was still avaliable for dwnload...if you want a copy of the board...i'll B&P..email me @ RipplinstillH20@aol.com
why can phil redo this show? hey if DSO can redo old dead shows, why cant the maistro- phil!!!
just my 2 cents
email if you want this one...i'm listening to it while i type this!! ...
Subject: TO GET THE SOUNDBOARDS
THIS IS STILL BETTER THAN THE OLD DAYS WHEN YOU COULDN'T EVEN FIND TAPERS OR ANYONE WITH TAPES, SPREAD THE WORD !!! SEEMS TO ME THAT PEOPLE ARE GETTING A LITTLE SPOILED AROUND HERE, FORGOTTON ABOUT THERE ROOTS !!!
Subject: Great show - Get it for the Alligator from Anthem of the Sun
This is a wonderful and essential addition.
Subject: This is IT.
Subject: I Must Be Missing Something
I don't have too many shows from this year, but this one pales in comparison to the others I have, most notably 10/12/68, and the several early '69 shows I've recently downloaded.
Sorry, just one man's opinion.
Subject: The best show I have dowloaded so far
Subject: best china cat ever played
The entire is show is stellar. I totally agree with other reviewers- this is possibly their best show, certainly their best of this era thus far a seeming pinnacle of everything that had preceeded it- the vision had ben realized here..cassady had just died, the scene down the street was out of control and the band members were preparing to move out of 710. They knew this era was coming to an end and they play their hearts out. We are still feeling the waves of this show today. Unbelievable playing, great sound quality.
Subject: 10 Stars
Subject: Phil's fave
Subject: Neal's Energy
Thanks Neal for the inspiration!
Subject: Dedicated to Neil
Subject: 1968 Valentines Show
Twenty reviews are here to read so here's a quick one...
Get this show before it goes the way of so many other watershed shows. Get it now.
Five Freakin' Skulls
Subject: Jerry's Rippin....
Subject: Last Review from an opinionated#@$!%^$#@!
I leave this one only to repeat the sentiment of everyone else here.This show is amazing!This is one of those desert island shows,in my top 5 of all time.
Don't get me wrong there are plenty of out of key vocals and out of tune guitars so if your looking for perfection you won't find it here.What you will find however is one of the most spirited performances of the Deads career.From start to finish they are smokin'.
Jerry's solos are short(for the Dead anyway),concise, brilliant instant mini compositions within the larger framework.These represent the highest watermark for improv in the rock genre.Rare it is to find a musician of Jerrys caliber working in a rock band forging new paths that have yet to be taken.This kind of territory is considered exclusive to jazz and free improv artist by most.Jerry proves that idea to be just plain false.
The other note worthy perfomances are the first signs of Bob turning into a rhythm guitar monster and his vocals are really strong for this era.
Pigpen.I like Pigpen.When Pig was on it was magic, when he wasn't,well lets just say even when it was bad it was still better than the hot burning knitting needle in the ear sometimes refered to as Brent Mydland.But thats another review.Pig at his best transcended his limits as a musician and did his magic like no one else.This show is one of those magic nights.This is my favorite Alligator of all time.It's so loose and out of controll.Good Morning Little.. is pretty damn good also.
Last but certainly not least the sound quality on this one is great.A 2 track from 1968 with better dynamics and mix qualitys than most modern day commercially produced material.We cleaned this show up a little bit and mastered it here at the Grail and WOW!What dynamics,man the bass on this one will shake your teeth loose w/ a little eq and a sub.The levels are a little hot sometimes and cause some minor distortion but considering the age of the source this is a pretty small gripe.We are lucky to be the benefactors of such excellent engineering of a classic performance.
Thank God that someone had the vision to document and store this historic piece of Art.
Enjoy and see you somewhere else.
Holy Grail Studios
Subject: Great Stuff...............
Subject: Take Me Back!
Subject: Awesome '60s Dead
The Country Joe & The Fish set from the same night circulates but in almost unlistenable quality. Anyone have a better recording?
Subject: a perfect snapshot
excellant sound for peridot
and new pot and spanish jam makes this a must
the dead never really topped the viola/potato/spanish jams
Subject: rumblin thunder
Subject: Top 100 Show From GDLive
Subject: morning dew?
Subject: this is what the dead are all about
Subject: Important Show
Musically the Anthem stuff really stands out here and the Spanish Jam is a great vehicle that should havebeen included in that album. This show is a must have for any true Dead Head.
Subject: great show
Fabulous SBD quality, something not especially common for '68. I agree with the other reviewer that said the cut in "Alligator" should be patched from the Anthem of the Sun album. It's a stupid tape flip that should not be in there, especially for this SBD. That said, it is quite fitting that this show occured on Valentine's Day. It's sweet stuff.
Subject: MUST HAVE.
The cut in alligator really bites. It has the bit that sounds like the mountain jam, and is totally necessary to comprehend the whole jam, and should not be missing! But, an enterprising taper with editing software can easily splice in the missing portion from the "Anthem" album. I had a copy of this set a few years back from a real audio source (sounds like crap)that DID NOT have the cut, and I once used that to cover the cut, but the entire missing portion (around a minute) is complete on the album. If ya listen, you'll hear where it begins and ends.
Subject: a must for all
I mean, when else are you going to find a New Potato>Cross-Eyed>Spanish Jam combo??!!!!
Subject: Primal Dead